It’s Not Only Horror by Zach Sweets
May 11, 2012 6 Comments
Thorny and I shared some email exchanges and he admitted he hadn’t read Zombie Rain because he doesn’t do well with horror. I’m here to convince him that Zombie Rain is not limited to horror and there are plenty of plots where it’s not so scary.
As quoted from one of the reviewers:
“Erotica because there is explicit sex, and in my view very well done. It’s not a sex without plot story. The scenes are in the right moments, to both Jake and Rex. Jake is gay, Rex Isn’t. Both men running and fighting for their lives will get closer, and maybe it will surprise you how fast it will happen…well I wasn’t. In a situation of the end of the world I have no idea how I would react. How much I would want human contact…how much, I would be able to forget the past, living the freaking scary present. Jake and Rex lose everything, but find each other…so I think it’s plausible that they would connect so fast. If it’s love or not you must read to know. Yeah, I’m a teaser…I know.”
Yes, you read that right! There are a couple of erotica scenes in Zombie Rain. Apparently romance exists everywhere under any type of circumstances. I can totally picture myself if I were in their shoes, I’d want to feel something for someone again before my life is lost to the world. It’s an apocalypse for goodness’s sake. Men or women do get horny; therefore Jake and Rex did get horny in the book. The relationship between Jake and Rex did go a bit fast but what did you really expect? If you were in their shoes, would you actually refuse to have feelings for anyone that’s with you along the journey in the apocalypse world? I most certainly wouldn’t. I’d live everyday as it was my last, which means I would seek comfort from a friend and possibly grow strong feelings for a certain person. In Zombie Rain, it is a story where two complete strangers meet each other and both of them lost their families. Jake lost his son and Rex lost his whole family. In only few days, they grew closer together and eventually slept together. Rex was straight but after approaching the end of the world, sexual preferences don’t exist. That’s just my perspective.
Here’s a short snippet of a nice non-scary scene:
Rex climbed up the access ladder then came over and sat down beside me. He stared out into the distance. His silence was killing me and I had to break it. “Something wrong?”
“Nothing’s wrong. It’s just that…” He paused briefly. “I miss how we sort of clicked. I feel like we were friends, then I made a huge mistake and it cost us our, I don’t know, friendship? I miss it.” He tilted his head down, sadness evident on his face.
“Me too, Rex. Me too. I was thinking about that. We’ve been like strangers these last few days. There’s no one else out here, and I’m lonely.” I wasn’t sure if I should touch him or nothing. I ended up just barely touching his leg.
Do you really want to know what Rex had done that nearly cost their friendship? Grab the book and find out. Anyway, my point is, Zombie Rain wasn’t all about zombie and horror. It’s about how Jake and Rex survived together and how they built their friendship. Yes, there are certain scenes that may have either scared you or grossed you out. Still, it can be a book for anyone to enjoy without being grossed out.
So, Thorny, do you have the guts to put yourself in a challenge and try Zombie Rain out?
Zombie Rain Blurb
Jake’s world is torn apart when his son dies, killed by a little girl who has infected him with a strange disease. Soon, Jake’s entire hometown is overtaken by the disease. A disease that turns them into flesh-craving monsters. The combination of tragedy and horror is almost more than Jake can take, but then he meets Rex, a man who has been struggling through the horror in search of more survivors. The two men travel together, searching for answers and other survivors, the growing bond between them the only bright light in their dark world.
But then that light is taken brutally away, and Jake is left struggling to find it again, fighting against insurmountable odds and growing despair…
Buy Link: Zombie Rain
Zach Sweets, an army brat, was born in El Paso, TX, and has lived in North Carolina, Germany, Kansas, California, and the District of Columbia, before graduating from University of Baltimore in May 2010, with a degree in Applied Information Technology. He now resides in Arizona, where he moved to start a new adventure with his partner and dog.
In his spare time, Zach enjoys reading, mainly horror. He enjoys doing outdoor activities, and he runs on a daily basis. He participates in charitable running events, from 5k up to marathon distances.
Zach writes as often as he can and likes to push himself with writing challenges. Joining the M/M Romance group on Goodreads.com has immensely boosted his motivation to become a successful Deaf author, writing about man to man love, with some horror thrown in for good measure.
When he is not writing or reading, Zach likes to practice his web design and development skills. He loves to hang out with love of his life as often as he can, finding things to do inside and outside the house, whether it be yard work, hiking, bike riding, walking their dog, eating out at a cozy diner, or just loving.